May 31, 2017
Contemporary Native American arts showcased in new Maloof exhibit in Rancho Cucamonga
Daily Bulletin, 05/31/2017
Suzanne Sproul

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Contemporary Native American arts showcased in new Maloof exhibit in Rancho Cucamonga
Daily Bulletin, 05/31/2017
Suzanne Sproul

Celebrating the centennial year in the life of the late Sam Maloof provided glimpses into his firm local roots and his work as a nationally known woodworker. Now the foundation named in his honor is looking forward to other aspects of his legacy.

“In 2016 we looked back at his legacy and we helped tell the story of his work and the influence he had on a generation of woodworkers,” said Jim Rawitsch, executive director of the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts in Rancho Cucamonga.

“With the centennial completion, we are now looking forward and looking at Sam’s legacy in other ways — his influence on artists and his passion for Native American arts.”

That passion will be on full display at the upcoming exhibition — “Neo Native: Toward New Mythologies.” The show, scheduled for the Jacobs Education Center, will open Sunday and run through January 7, 2018. It is being curated by Tony Abeyta, a noted artist and longtime friend of Maloof.

Maloof was a mentor to Abeyta. Together, they spent many hours talking about one day hosting an exhibition of this sort and Abeyta would curate it.

“I heard those stories back in 2013 when I came here so I went to Tony to explore what might be possible. He had a clear notion of bringing together a selection of new contemporary Native American artists who might be influenced by their tribal traditions but who wanted to build on them with exciting and contemporary art,’” Rawitsch said.

Abeyta has brought together more than 40 pieces of art by 11 artists. The artists and their affiliations include

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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